Female leadership in times of crisis

Nurturing innovation with inclusive leadership

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Hard lessons are learned in a crisis, but hidden capabilities are also revealed. In their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, people, communities and businesses have shown they can adapt and flex in ways never imagined possible. 

It was research into the contrasting national responses to the coronavirus crisis – and in particular the performance of women leaders – that prompted Ayming to ask that question of senior female colleagues and eminent figures in the world of corporate investment and management research.

The findings from the study – commissioned by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and a US think tank, the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) – were emphatic. The small minority of countries led by women had navigated the initial waves of the pandemic far more effectively than the rest of the world in all significant respects. This revelation garnered international head- lines and resonated widely, but not just with women. It also corroborated the observations of many citizens, male and female, of various countries who saw first-hand the grave consequences of poor leadership.

This Ayming Business Insight includes :

  • What the study’s findings tell us about leadership
  • The stereotype paradox that works for, as well as against, women
  • The diversity dividend for business performance
  • Looming challenges for society and business
  • The urgent need for a new style of leadership